Racial Identity and Intergroup Conflict in Lumet’s “Twelve Angry Men”


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Racial Identity and Intergroup Conflict in Lumet's "Twelve Angry Men"
This sociological study will analyze the racial problem of identity and intergroup conflict that arises in the conflict theory construct of the film Twelve Angry Men by Sydney Lumet. With Juror #8 (Henry Fonda) and Juror #3 (Lee J. Cobb) defining the racially constructed social extremes related to white racism towards Puerto Ricans in the criminal justice system, conflicting racial values often divide these men when deliberating bout the boy’s innocence of the crime committed. The racially divided conflict being observed is founded on the subjective racial prejudices that are also present in the passive carelessness of Juror #7 (Jack Warden) by caring little about the...
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.....ce based on skin color. By evaluating this film in a sociological context, the identity and intergroup theory of social organization is brilliantly illuminated in this film about racism and the criminal justice system.
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